Unwaxed linen thread, in a creamy off-white colour: 100% linen, available in three different thicknesses, sold in 10 yard packs.
Linen thread is very versatile, being extremely
strong, and quite stiff, and having the valuable property of actually
becoming stronger when wet. This makes it particularly useful for
outdoor hobbies such as re-enactment: not just for clothing, but for
mending canvas tents, leather items, for making books, even for
fletching authentic arrows. And that’s not all - it also has many uses
in crafts, such as threading beads or jewellery, for instance, or for
rigging in model ships.
This thread is available in three thicknesses: 16/3, 30/3 and 35/3, and
is genuine smooth, top quality, Irish thread, not the rather "bobbley"
european imported stuff.
In case you are not familiar with Linen thread, it is described by
number, ie 30/3: the first number relates to the thickness, the second
number to the ply or number of individual threads twisted together. All
our linen threads are 3-ply, and the lower the first number, the thicker
You will also see linen thread sold by the cop (old-fashioned name
for reel) or cone (large cone-shaped reel for using on industrial sewing
machines) or by weight, which is singularly unhelpful: or worst of all,
by Lea. Lea is the number of yards of a given thickness of thread in a
pound weight of linen, divided by 300. So a thread described as 1 lea
has just 300 yards to the pound - ie very thick indeed - but we needn’t
worry about that, as we are selling it in neat 10 yard packs.
If you are not sure which is the right thickness for your purposes
(and I wouldn’t blame you, with all these complicated numbers!) send us an sae, and we will send you a sample of all three, to help you decide. If you'd like samples, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Generally speaking, the thickest thread, 16/3, is very suitable for
heavy-duty uses such as mending footwear, book-making, bead-work etc.
The 30/3 and 35/3 weights are suitable for hand-sewing, when making
clothes from linen, obviously: but also for hand-sewing buttonholes,
attaching buttons, anywhere where you need extra strength. If you
participate in Living History, then you will need to be using linen
thread, not cotton, for all hand-sewing.
Linen threads are also very good for lucet work.
The thread is supplied in 10 yard lengths on a card, in a re-sealable
grip-top plastic bag. This ensures that it arrives safely with you, and
allows you to keep it clean and neat while you are using and storing
The cost is £5 per pack, each pack contains 10 yards of thread, this
price includes postage & packing, and is the same price for 16/3,
30/3 and 35/3 thread.
Three packs - any thickness, mix and match - for £12.
Payment: For PayPal, we'll invoice you, so if you have an account just send us that
email address: if you don't have a PayPal account, you can still pay
that way: PayPal allow you to pay as a "guest" with your own credit
card. Simple and quick! Just email us at email@example.com with your order and your full postal address, and we'll invoice you: when you receive the email from Paypal, just follow the simple instructions to use your own credit card to pay the invoice.